Viacom offices are usually clamoring with activity, but not on May 20, 2016. Instead, our employees across the country and around the globe left their desks, shut down their computers, and set off to put our corporate values into action. Here’s a look at how they turned up for good on the 20th anniversary of Viacommunity Day.
Reporting by Stuart Winchester & Lisa Di Venuta
Thousands of Viacom employees spread out through communities around the world last Friday, making an emphatic endorsement of the core company value of giving back. In a global arc spanning from Europe down through Africa, from Singapore and Australia to Mexico and throughout the United States, Viacom’s operations took a collective breath to clean parks, prepare meals, offer advice and help out in countless other ways as the organization celebrated the 20th anniversary of Viacommunity.
“We need to be a part of the communities we live in,” said Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman, who dropped in on several sites around New York City on Friday. “It’s one of our Viacom values, which is to do good, and I think everybody has a responsibility to do that. I hope that we inspire a lot of people to do more during the course of their lives, and we’ll make them better people and better employees, because living those kinds of values outside of work helps you do a better job at work.”
PARAMOUNT TAKES THE INAUGURAL VIACOMMUNITY DAY CUP WITH GLOBAL EFFORT
Paramount employees spread across 13 countries and six U.S. cities, from San Diego and L.A. on the West Coast to Rogers, Arkansas, Coconut Creek, Florida, and Atlanta in the South to Columbus, Ohio in the Midwest – 1,125 volunteers altogether. It was enough to add the Viacommunity Day Cup to the Paramount’s already bulging trophy case, as that number gave them the highest percentage of any company division to sign up for a project. The trophy is theirs for one year – although another division will have a chance to steal it from them by rallying more employees to participate in Viacommunity Day 2017.
Viacom employees flooded their followers’ newsfeeds with more than 1,800 Twitter and Instagram posts flooded on May 15, answering our call to share their Viacommunity Day experiences with the wider world using the #ViacommunityDay. As of our latest count, this lead to 31,500 likes, comments and shares – more than 2.6 times last year’s engagement. Read More
On May 15, Viacom employees around the world put on their out-of-office autoreplies and volunteered at local projects on Viacommunity Day, the company’s annual day of volunteer service. Whether it was beautifying parks and schools, helping the elderly and underprivileged, being a companion to animals in shelters, or mentoring young people, thousands of our employees came together to be the difference. Beyond the collective impact of the day, the objective is to inspire employees to get involved with participating nonprofits and organizations year-round in a deeper way. In New York City alone, Viacom employees volunteered at more than 50 organizations, including, Literacy Inc., Central Park Conservancy, Friends of Hudson River Park, Inner City Scholarship Fund, Soaringwords, SAGE, Food Bank of NYC, the Humane Society, and much more. Read More
This Friday, the majority of Viacom employees put on their out-of-office autoreplies, made their way to a community service project of choice, and rolled up their sleeves to do something good – as is tradition on Viacommunity Day, our company-wide day to give back. All around the world, droves of Viacom employees dispersed across hundreds of volunteer sites — another year of record numbers, as participation steadily grows. This year, employees worked on everything from packing goody bags for Boston First Responders, to rebuilding sites still devastated from Hurricane Sandy, and conducting mock interviews for the unemployed in need of such training.
In honor of Viacom’s service on Viacommunity Day, Viacom President and Chief Executive Officer Philippe Dauman and a group of employees rang the NASDAQ opening bell Monday morning. Following the bell ringing, I sat down with Dauman to hear his take on the Company’s corporate conscience and why this day of service is so important. Here’s what he had to say. Read More
Viacom’s year-long commitment to giving back culminates each year in Viacommunity Day, the Company’s annual day of volunteer service, during which we put on our out-of-office autoreplies, make our way to a volunteer project of our choice, and roll up our sleeves to do something good. Read More
We’ve tallied the rally, and more than 1,400 Paramount employees turned out for Viacommunity Day, joining thousands of our co-workers from divisions across Viacom for our corporate day of community service. While “good” is really immeasurable, our volunteers racked up some impressive stats. Read More
In many respects, Viacommunity Day – Viacom’s longstanding annual day of community service – is the much-anticipated tentpole event of the pro-social work we do here all year long. And in many respects, from level of participation to number of projects around the world, this year’s was our biggest and most successful to date. Read More